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Queens is the new Brooklyn. Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. Manhattan is the New Amsterdam. Whether any of this is the case or not, it’s certain that the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, Queens was the new place to be this past weekend. On July 26 and 27, scores of music, art, and food devotees gathered on the grass for the Out In The Streets Music Festival. Whether sampling Venezuelan hot dogs, browsing through Wonder Lee’s handmade bow ties, or just hanging out in the shade, it seemed everyone was out to enjoy the vibrance of New York City in the summer.
Sponsored by Bushwick Daily, Puma, Narragansett and Ridgewood Market, Out In The Streets is in its second year at the historic Onderdonk House. Day one was set in motion with the controlled chaos of Brooklyn band Modern Rivals, followed up by Honduras and Ski Lodge doing their trashy and moody rock thing, respectively. Providence, RI, street band What Cheer? Brigade amped up the energy, leading to the night-time sounds of headliners A Place to Bury Strangers. On Sunday, Neighbors utilized their eerie soundscapes and deadpan humor to elevate the sun-soaked crowd. They were followed up by self-proclaimed hyper-weirdos Starlight Girls, the minimalist complexity of Psychic Twin and lastly local favorites Body Language.
Though almost as much about sifting through tchotchkes as music, the Out In The Streets fest was a veritable who’s who of current local music-makers, if not the most exciting outdoor gathering of the summer. Not sure what that means exactly, but overall, a fun time in the new, oh whatever, in Queens!
Photos by Stephanie Augello.